The Oklahoma Oil and Gas Expo is still growing, even though it is under new management.
This year's one-day show featured more than 350 exhibitors, filling the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park under the guidance of the Committee for Sustaining Oklahoma's Energy Resources.
The committee was formed this year after Oklahoma's Commission on Marginally Producing Oil and Gas Wells was merged into the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board.
Chairman Ronnie Irani said this year's expo featured about 30 percent more space, but there still wasn't enough room for everybody.
“It fills up very quickly,” he said. “We have a long waiting list.”
Irani, CEO of RKI Exploration and Production, said the expo brings the full spectrum of the oil and natural gas industry together.
“Everyone can come in and show their technology or safety equipment. It resonates very well.”
Irani said the expo, now in its 17th year, helps bridge the gap between large companies and their smaller counterparts by making it easier for them to share innovations.
“We're trying to make it where it's one industry,” he said.
Texas-based Bell Supply Co. was a first-time exhibitor at this year's expo, billed as the largest of its kind in Oklahoma. The company offers a full range of oil-field services.
Bell's Ben Crowell said the company was hoping to broaden its reach in the Oklahoma market, which includes four of its 31 locations across all active shale plays. Bell has operations in Enid, Elk City, Pawhuska and Ratliff City.
“We're here to serve the oil and gas industry,” he said.
The WellMark Co. is a regular at the expo, but the Oklahoma City equipment manufacturer opted for a larger presence this year as it unveiled some new products.
CEO Luis Gomez demonstrated the company's remote monitoring system, which allows operators to track what is going on with injection pumps or storage tanks in the field via a secure website.
He said WellMark customers will be able to monitor or adjust operations remotely. They can also set up text-message alerts.
Gomez said WellMark is field-testing its new monitoring system this month with four customers. It will be available commercially in November.
“This is where the industry's going,” Gomez said.
Another company trying to bring technology into the oil field is Fieldbook ERP, which has developed software to help service companies streamline their operations.
Chuck Dettlaff, the company's vice president of sales and marketing, said the Fieldbook system, which was developed over the past two years, was made available to the public in April. Now company officials are on the trade show circuit to showcase their product.
Dettlaff said service companies often rely on paper invoices for a large number of transactions, leaving plenty of room for error in their operations.
Fieldbook's Web-driven platform can handle a range of functions electronically, from bids to invoicing, he said. It also can track employees' time and attendance.
Dettlaff said Fieldbook can be configured to fit each customer's business, complete with all of its existing data. The company's staff trains employees to use the system, which uses drop-down menus to input information.
“It's pretty intuitive,” he said.